31.1.15

Baby Sea Turtles Protection Program

by Christina Rowsell
in Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico

©CR Photo - Sea Turtle Puerto Vallarta
Along the Banderas Bay and Vallarta Mexico, a very vulnerable leatherback turtle is nesting along the beaches in Nuevo Vallarta. These leatherback turtles are very rare and were on the edge of extinction.  But, thanks to the Puerto Vallarta Sea Turtles Protection Program, these turtles are well on their way to survival.  They still have a ways to go.

The Puerto Vallarta sea turtle conservation program now draws thousands of tourists to many different Mexican beach resorts on the Pacific coast. Many Puerto Vallarta hotels now actively participate in turtle conservation programs, where the hotel guests are welcome to participate. 

When you think about it, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Plus, what a fabulous opportunity to teach your children about these programs and how valuable these turtles are. 
©Christina Rowsell Photo 

Our guide told us that the turtles chances of survival are increasing the longer the programs run.  As these turtles were on the edge of being wiped out, they are now making a come back.  What a beautiful way to give back to mother nature.  

The baby sea turtles are released at sunset, as this is their best chance at survival.  It was a remarkable experience for our family.  A fantastic way for our children to learn and to do something good.  

On your next vacation, be sure to as about the Puerto Vallarta Sea Turtles Protection Program.  


©Christina Rowsell Photo


Find out more here http://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/puerto-vallarta-sea-turtles-protection-program.php






by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Business Owner, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina @BBEmpower, and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Brighter Business Empower and listen on BlogTalkRadio.

22.1.15

Looking for the Brighter Side A Fairy Tale by Liberty Forrest

A Fairy Tale of Battery Acid and Cream

Once upon a time, there was a girl called Glumella who lived in a tiny house in the woods. She was a miserable little thing who sipped on battery acid and ate the prickliest thistles she could find. 

Gradually, she became increasingly sour, shrivelling up just a teeny bit more every day.

She was always waiting for things to get worse and was comforted when they did, relieved not to have wasted any energy on being hopeful, only to end up disappointed.

“I knew it!” she’d mutter to herself, because no one dared come within 100 miles of her miserableness.  No one, that is, but her very beautiful little sister, Miss Perky-Lee.

Glumella was very jealous of Perky-Lee, whose entire being radiated sparkly sunshine and everything lovely. This sweet girl just couldn’t wait to get up every morning. She was always so excited about another new day, she just had to sprinkle her sunniness on anyone and everyone she met.

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She lived on fresh cream and berries and never had a harsh word for anyone. Not even her miserable older sister, whom she adored and whose nastiness went unnoticed by the younger of the two.

In days gone by, Glumella used to wish she could be like her little sister, who was eternally happy, had loads of friends and was always dashing off to do something fun.

“Come on, Glumella!” the bubbly girl would coax.  ”We’ll have such a good time!”

But the grouchy older sister refused, for no particular reason, preferring instead to stay home alone, sipping on battery acid and eating the prickliest of thistles.

Eventually, Perky-Lee would stop pleading and head for the door and her waiting friends. “You know where I am if you change your mind!” she said every time.  ”I hope you join us later, my beloved sister!”

Her lips already just a thin, tight line, Glumella pursed them even more with every cheery little note that came out of her sister’s mouth. Her eyes were even squintier and I swear she shrivelled up a wee bit more with every syrupy syllable that assaulted her tiny, dried-up ears.

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One day, Glumella could take no more. She could not stand to hear one more excited, delighted word from her cheery little sister. As soon as Perky-Lee leapt out of bed, Glumella was ready and waiting to grab her and stuff her into a dark and empty closet. Slamming the door shut and locking it, the older sister smiled in smug self-satisfaction.

“I’ll teach her a lesson!” she snarled.  ”I’ll show her that life is miserable and empty and horrible and there’s absolutely nothing in it that should make her so nauseatingly happy all the time!”

She waited for the screams, the pleading and the pounding, but they never came. Instead, Perky-Lee maintained her composure.

“Please, dear Sister, would you open the door? I seem to have got stuck in this closet,” she said quietly.
Glumella was puzzled.

“Silly me, I don’t know how it happened!” Perky-Lee continued. “But here I am, dear Sister, and the door is jammed. Could you help me, please?”

Glumella’s eyebrows knit themselves together. Still, she did not utter a sound. Instead, she shoved a saucer of battery acid and a plate of thistles under the door for her sister to eat, and ran from the house.
It was dark when she returned that evening, making her way through the woods to her little home. But as she grew closer, she could see a soft light glowing in the windows.

“What’s this?” she wondered. She hadn’t left any lights on. Perhaps Perky-Lee’s friends had come in and – oh, dear, those meddlesome little brats had better not have let her out of that closet!

Quickening her pace, she hurried to the house and went inside. There were no friends. The closet door was still locked. No lamps were lit. But there was a soft light radiating from the closet and filling the little house. And she heard only a lovely, quiet tune as Perky-Lee sang softly to herself on the other side of that locked door.

As Glumella stared at the door and the light, she saw the saucer and plate being shoved back. But she was stunned to see that the saucer was filled with cream and the plate was filled with berries.

“How did you — where –” Glumella could not finish the questions. Terrified, she ran from the house once again.

By the light of day, she thought she was brave enough to return once more. But the light was growing even brighter than before and there were more saucers of cream and plates of berries. And still that infernal singing!

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For days, Glumella kept shoving battery acid and thistles under the door for her sister then disappearing into the woods. And every time she returned, the light shone brighter, and the plates were filled with berries and cream.

One night, as she stood dumbfounded again and staring at those plates, she noticed that the light was warm. Perhaps it had been warm before; she did not know. All that mattered was that it was warm just then, and that was unfamiliar. She thought, perhaps, that it was even pleasant, and did not realise that until that very moment, she had always been cold.

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She stood unmoving and in awe as the warmth from her sister’s light wrapped her in a loving embrace, while one tear chased another down her dry and withered cheek. Hesitantly, she bent down and plucked a berry from the plate, and popped it in her mouth. Its sweetness was foreign and beautiful at the same time; Glumella could not wait for another. And another. And still another.

Suddenly, there was a loud click as the door unlocked itself and the radiant Miss Perky-Lee stepped out of the closet. Glumella burst into sobs as she fell into her little sister’s arms, begging to be forgiven.

But Miss Perky-Lee simply smiled and held her sister, knowing that there was nothing to forgive.



© liberty forrest 2014
liberty forrest is the Owner and Founder of Quantum Lightworkers and Healing, and the Quantum Lightworkers Healing Method.
She is also the author of several books. As well as writing for Huffington Post, her articles have appeared in numerous publications in many parts of the globe, including Canada, USA, London UK, South Africa, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. From 2011-2013 she had a weekly column in the Dubai branch of “Hello!” Magazine.
Visit liberty online at www.libertyforrest.com

21.1.15

Launch of Visionary Juice with The Philanthropy Channel

by Christina Rowsell
The Philanthropy Channel


The world we live in is full of ups and downs.  We all experience different things at different times in our lives.  But ,at the end of the day, it's how we spent those hours is what matters.

There's a saying I believe to be true.  Life is 10 percent of what happens and 90 percent of how you react.  However, it's never easy to take bad news or bad days.  No matter what you're going through, it sometimes just nice to know that there's good people out there willing to give a helping hand.  And there is!!  There is good in the world!  It's time we started celebrating it.

Welcome to your best PR -- Philanthropy Radio with Visionary Juice.  Hosted by Christina Rowsell, this is a show that talks about those who have a vision to lead us to do good.  The very first show premiered January 2015.  Have a listen HERE -



Learn more about The Phone Booth Project HERE - https://thephoneboothproject.wordpress.com.  And tell us about the quiet Hero's in your life.  Email producers@thephilanthropychannel.com.

Plus, if you'd like more information on Happy Matters, visit HERE - www.happymatters.net.

And, as mentioned in the broadcast above, here is the link to watch www.fieldofcrosses.com


Let us know what you'd like to see or hear on The Philanthropy Channel - email producers@thephilanthropychannel.com.





by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Business Owner, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina @BBEmpower, and LIKE her on Facebook at ChristinaRowsellMediaThe Brighter Side, and Brighter Business Empower.

A Mindful Routine Helps Us Be Productive, Happier and Healthier

by Christina Rowsell
via The Potential Project

Our lives are full of distractions. Employees are often faced with the challenge of keeping a balance between family and work.  At the same time, companies are faced with the issue of keeping themselves balanced with growth, revenue and keeping employees engaged in their positions.

All companies want one thing – to concentrate on the big picture and strategy for future growth.  But, it comes back to focusing on how we can practice solutions to every day work-life challenges.  

Google was recently featured in an interview with Anderson Cooper.  Suggesting that by trying to do it all, we’re headed towards a societal exhaustion. Google has admitted to Mindful Meetings. These meetings give their employees more focus to be more productive.  The advantage is – it doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t take much time. 

Mindfulness is a scientifically validated and practical way to handle any kind of work environment with more presence, patience, insight and effectiveness. It’s the equivalent of going to the gym for the mind – if you want to be high performing you need to train the mental muscle. 

In Calgary, the Potential Project senior trainer Dorota Ulkowska, has three tips to exercise your mental muscle:

Dedicate 10 minutes within your work schedule to practice mindfulness.

Sit down, close your eyes and focus on your breathing without getting engaged in your thoughts. This simple exercise trains your brain to focus on one thing at a time.

Whenever your mind gets involved in a thought, come back to the focus on your breath. Every time your mind gets distracted it’s an opportunity to train your brain!

Starting with a simple, yet powerful training routine will help you be more kind, creative, productive, happier and healthier.  Ulkowska explains through corporate based mindfulness training, people learn how to become more effective and productive, while reducing their stress levels significantly.

Dorota Ulkowska resides in Calgary and is available to discuss the impact of mindful training for business owners looking to increase their employees potential.


About The Potential Project Corporate Based Mindfulness Training 
It’s a casual and interactive course that will explain, demonstrate, and practice scientifically validated solutions to every day work and life challenges.  Tools to start a simple, yet powerful daily training routine that can help you be more kind, creative, productive, happier and healthier.  

Visit www.potentialproject.ca for more information. 
Corporate Based Mindfulness Training is an open program happening 

Feb. 5, 2015, at the Telus Convention Centre.









by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Business Owner, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina @BBEmpower, and LIKE her on Facebook at ChristinaRowsellMediaThe Brighter Side, and Brighter Business Empower.